16 November 2018

Butterfly Thanks - gel plate with stencil, oxides on glossy photo paper, die cuts

A mix of techniques was used to create this colourful thank you card featuring dies from Sizzix, Hero Arts, and Stampin' Up.

Putting It Together

Two of the three surface treatments were done at Crafternoons with my friend so I don't have full pictures on them.

For the flower die cuts, I used a panel I had made with Distress Oxides on glossy photo paper using the same technique I show in Life is a Journey. Based on the colours I see in the finished panel, I think I used Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Candied Apple. I forgot to take a picture when I made it and also before I die cut it. Both times, my head was in the creative space and not the documentarian.

For the background, I used the same technique in Keep Calm Popcorn Box. Using Simon Says Stamp hybrid ink, I inked up a gel plate, placed the stencil on the plate, used a wet wipe to dab the ink from the exposed areas, and then laid the cardstock on the plate to pick up the ink, smoothing it with a brayer.

The last surface I used for the butterfly. I started with a white panel of cardstock and covered it on both sides with Nuvo mousse. The mousse will get less creamy and more wax-like as it is opened to the air. Dampen the sponge before picking up the colour and it will be nearly as creamy as it was when you first opened it.

I first die cut a butterfly and flower using the box embellishments from the die set I got with my Big Shot Plus. I curled the wings of the butterfly by just shaping them with my fingers.

I changed my mind on the flowers and used a Stampin' Up die with the same panel to die cut flowers. I dry fit these with the butterfly, background, and a sentiment die from Hero Arts.

I cut the sentiment from an orange foiled cardstock and a couple white. I stacked them to have a dimensional sentiment.

I added orange rhinestones to the butterfly body to finish the card.

I used the stamped sentiment from another Hero Arts set because I liked how it fit with the bright flowers. I used the first scribbled flower I die cut to add a detail inside. I cut up the flower to fit it across the bottom.



Outlawz Tuesday Colour: Photo Inspiration + Butterfly
Dies R Us: Thanks
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Thanks
Crafty Gals Corner: Thankful
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-crafty: Anything Goes


  1. Beautiful card! The colours look amazing together and you have created such a pretty finish on your 3D butterfly with the Nuvo mousse - stunning 😀. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x

  2. Wow! Wonderful colors! You did a beautiful job! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner Challenges this week. Be sure to join us next time too!
    CGC DT
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Crafty Gals Corner Challenges

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Giving Thanks’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

  4. wow! Fabulous card! love love love your butterfly, spectacular! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! barbara

  5. Great card love all the details,thanks for joining us here at Penny's challenge Lyn DT x.

  6. Beautiful background for your butterfly. Thanks for sharing with us at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us often.
    DRU DT


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